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SCIENCE REPORTER

 

 

 

ISSN: 0036-8512

 

VOLUME 41 

NUMBER 8  

AUGUST 2004

 

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

Countdown to India’s First Lunar Mission

Radhakrishna Rao

9

 

 

ARTICLES

 

Venom Wonders

K.G. Purnima

24

 

 

Crystal Engineering

Lomary Singh

27

 

 

COLUMNS

 

BIOPROFILES: Fascinating Ferns

16

BOOKSHELF

39

HEALTH: How Safe is our Food?

40

 

 

DEPARTMENTS

 

READERS WRITE 

4

IN FOCUS

5

SPECTRUM

20

FACT FILE 

 

·     Star Watch: Constellation Cetus

31

·     Ingenious Inventions: Rolling to Glory

32

·     Herbal Healers: Appeasing Asparagus

33

·      Indian Icons: G.N. Ramachandran

34

QUIZ TIME

36

CROSSWORD

37

POINT-COUNTERPOINT: Should India Reach for the Moon

44

 

 

JUNIOR SCIENTIST

 

THANK YOU BLOOD SUCKERS

by Koushik Roy

47

FUN QUIZ

50

DID YOU KNOW?

52

HUMOUR

54

ENTERTAINMENT ARENA

56

SCIENCE PROJECT: Secret Writing

57

PUZZLE CORNER

60

HOW?

62

WHY? 

63

 


Science Reporter

 Vol. 41, August 2004, pp 9-15

 

Countdown to India’s First Lunar Mission

Radhakrishna Rao             

 

India’s quest for the Moon has fired the national imagination. The article gives an insight into the Chandrayaan-1 project that aims to take a shot at the Moon in another four years.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

 Vol. 41, August 2004, pp 24-26

 

Venom Wonders

K.G. Purnima

 

Snake venom is not always dangerous. The article gives an account of the various proteins isolated from snake venom and which are finding varied uses.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

 Vol. 41, August 2004, pp 27-29

 

Crystal Engineering

Lomary Singh

 

Designing crystal structures with unique physical and chemical properties is gaining intense interest. The article throws light on the potential applications of this evolving field in engineering sciences.